The moment I saw Veera's Gathering Stripes - adult version, I knew I had to knit one. But which colours should I choose?
Those stripes, that collar... all the sudden I had the impression this sweater was speaking French to me.
Not exactly looking like a traditional Breton Sweater but very much like a modern, very cozy version of it.
And thinking of Breton Sweaters I immediately was remembered of that beautiful bicycle tour I once did, with my husband (boyfriend back then), starting in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen) with the intention to ride to Brittany.
With a rough idea which way to go we started our journey. A few hours later we discovered we had forgotten all our maps at home... and since we were young and had no money to splurge, we decided to just rely on the sun and road signs. Later on we followed La Loire, passing beautiful castles and famous, old towns. And ten days after leaving home we finally reached the Atlantic Ocean at La Turballe.
We didn't get to Brittany, no, but that little town, the beautiful, deserted beach (off season) were just perfect.
What a great moment - reaching the coast after ten days of hard work!
Inspired by Stéphanie's wonderful version (Ravelry) of the sweater I ordered yarn at Jamieson's Of Shetland in french colours. One could argue they look much more dutch in this horizontal striping... anyway, this is the french sweater!
The yarn is fantastic. Rustic, yet so soft, also light and I guess quite durable. Very pleasant to work with and the knitted fabric is just beautiful!
More photos and details on Ravelry.
I want to thank you for all your sweet comments and messages. You made me smile!!!
I started replying to you but couldn't get back to all of you yet. You'll be hearing from me soon!